The past year has produced some of the most intriguing business deals of the decade, which boosted (or sunk) the fortunes of CEOs and shareholders alike. Perhaps the most relevant question, however, is what impact these transactions will have on consumers? Here are the Top 5 deals of 2010 that, for better or worse, will change the way you spend your money.
The US Transportation Department can fine airlines that force passengers to wait in an airplane on the tarmac for more than three hours. The blizzard aftermath could be a test case.
Weather forecasters predict a significant winter storm from the Mid-Atlantic through New England, including high winds and heavy snowfall. Hundreds of airline flights have been canceled.
Wi-Fi access will be free on Delta, Air Tran, and Virgin America flights this holiday season, thanks to a Google-sponsored free Wi-Fi event.
Airline tickets aren't as plentiful as in 2008, allowing airlines to price them higher.
American Airlines will recall 250 pilots starting in November and 545 flight attendants starting this month. The airline last recalled pilots in 2009 and flight attendants in 2008.
United Airlines, the combined airline, will display Continental's colors and globe logo on the tail.
Jimmy Carter was enroute to a Cleveland book signing Tuesday when he became ill. Former President Carter has been traveling to promote his latest book.
The $3.4 billion Southwest-AirTran deal would give Southwest access to the Caribbean and more of the eastern US. It could also mean increased competition for Delta and JetBlue.
AirTran Airways was purchased by Southwest Airlines for $1.42 billion. The AirTran Airways deal will move Southwest into 37 new cities.